Carrot Halwa

Carrot halwa and pal payasam are the first desserts I learnt to  make. Before that, it was just popping a spoonful of sugar into my mouth whenever the sugar craving set in.

Learning this dessert meant getting my fingers cut multiple times, because I never learnt the art of grating the carrot without my hands getting cut in the process. Now years later, I have become smart and I don’t get myself injured while grating  carrots. Its for better things like being careless with hot pans and pots and all.

Well, there will be a day when I will stop being so accident prone. Till then, hoping for  more ‘injury free’ carrot halwa days!

Ingredients:

  • Grated Carrots            :    1 1/2 cups (about 3 medium carrots)
  • Milk                                 :     1 cup
  • Sugar                               :     1/2 cup
  • Cardamom Powder   :     1/4 tsp (optional)
  • Ghee                                :     2 tsp

Method:

  1. Put the grated carrots and the milk together in a microwave proof bowl.
  2. Microwave on high for about 15 minutes, stirring once in every 5 minutes, till the carrots are cooked.
  3. You can also cut the carrots into rounds, cook them with milk and pulse (not puree) them once in a mixie once its cool.
  4. Add the sugar and cook for another 5 minutes. Mix once and add ghee and cardamom powder. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes till the liquids are almost dry.
  5. Decorate with chopped nuts and serve hot or cold. Serves 1-2.

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Corn Halwa

I was brought up in Kerala and my hubby is from Tamil Nadu. So clashes with respect to language happen now and then.

One incident that comes to mind is the two of us teaching him the days of the week in Tamil.

  • Sunday   => Nyayaru (Me : Its Nyayar, not Nyayaru. Hubby : No, its not!)
  • Monday => Thingal (Mutual consent)
  • Tuesday => Chevvai (Me : Chovva, not Chevvai. Hubby : No, its not!)
  • Wednesday => Bhudan(Mutual consent)
  • Thursday => Vyazhan (Me : Its Vyazham. Hubby : Its not! )
Full fight broke out by then.
‘Vyazham’ : Me.
‘Vyazhan’ : Hubby.
‘Draagon’  : Kiddo said.

Not surprisingly, we are back to Sunday-Monday. Its easier on every one.

Talking about making life easy, here is an easy halwa recipe. From the time I saw the recipe for Makai Jajaria in Priya’s place, I have been planning to make it. I saw that there was an easier microwave version also of the recipe, so of course, as one to make life as easy as possible, I followed the MW recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Sweet corn kernels         :      2
  • Milk                                       :      1 1/2 cup
  • Ghee                                      :      1 tbsp
  • Sugar                                     :      1/2 cup
  • Cardamom Powder         :      1/4 tsp
  • Pistachios                            :      for garnishing

Method:

  1. Grate sweet corn from the cobs and grind in the blender.
  2. In a microwave proof bowl, add two tbsp of ghee and the sweet corn and cook on high power for 3-4 minutes. Do not cover the bowl.
  3. Add milk and cook for 5 minutes. Mix.
  4. Add sugar and cook for another 3-6 minutes, till you get a semi solid mixture. Microwave power differs and you need to depend on the consistency of the halwa instead of the minutes given.
  5. Add cardamom, mix well, decorate with pistachios. Serve hot or cold.
  6. Serves 2-3.

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